I’m sad to say I wasn’t more on the front end of this movement, but now that I know about All Hallows Read, I’m definitely pushing it. Thanks to the talented author and editor, Jeri Walker-Bickett I am up to date on this phenomenon.
Here’s a clip of Author Neil Gaiman explaining AHR for those that don’t know. (I didn’t.) http://www.allhallowsread.com/
So, if you were too busy to watch the clip, here’s the gritty: Give a scary book to someone for Halloween.
(Age appropriate, of course.)
What book, you ask? Here is a list of creepy titles from my personal collection:
The Tell Tale Heart and Other Writings – Edgar Allan Poe
Classic. Enough said. Get a copy. Or give it.
My Soul to Keep – Tananarive Due
Stephen King loved this novel, calling it an eerie epic. Can’t say it better than that.
Nightmares in Dixie: 13 Horror Tales from the American South – Various authors
Still reading this one. (Read “The Wait” by Kit Reed. Chilling.) A treat to myself from a local bookstore, The Last Word.
Soul Temple – Stephen Lee Climer
I think this title is out of print, so if you see it used, get it. I got it from a bookstore that is no longer in business.
Summer Chills – Various authors
Lots of tales that will have you rethinking that vacation.
Hall of Twelve – Rebecca Besser
Think women don’t write gory, visceral horror? Meet Rebecca.
Lord Loss: The Demonata #1 – Darren Shan
YA that doesn’t read like YA. Shan has a creepy imagination and a way of describing things what makes your skin crawl. And he’s a nice guy. I met him at a signing at Park Road Books. (Yeah, I love indie bookstores.)
Halloween Horrors – Various authors
Short stories by some of the masters along with true Halloween tales that let you know how these authors get their inspiration.
So celebrate All Hallows Read and give someone a scary book to read this Halloween. And candy. Don’t forget the candy.